Titan America LLC

Roanoke Cement Company

Troutville, Virginia, United States

Certified Silver through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Catawba Creek
Wetlands & Water Bodies
Trout Pond
Wetlands & Water Bodies

About the Program

Titan America LLC, Roanoke Cement Company (RCC) is an active cement plant in Troutville, Virginia, within the Blue Ridge Mountains and bordering the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.  RCC is actively managing two qualifying Habitat projects in Wetlands and Water Bodies (Catawba Creek and Trout Pond) which make up 151 acres.

The Catawba Creek project is adjacent to both the Jefferson National Forest and to a large federally owned forest conservation area on top of Tinker Cliffs, which includes a portion of the Appalachian Trail. This location makes the area ideal for showcasing riparian buffer protection. After expansion of RCC’s east limestone quarry impacted Catawba Creek, mitigation efforts began to restore the riparian area with tree planting and erosion controls. The company met the regulatory requirements by planting 17,000 trees, installing cattle exclusion fencing and monitoring trees after the first growing season. RCC has exceeded the regulatory requirements with additional activities that focus on assessing overall stream health. These voluntary activities include conducting stream macroinvertebrate sampling and physical and chemical testing of the stream as part of a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience hosted at the site. Employees are actively involved in planning invasive species management activities, organizing monitoring activities in accordance with the permit requirements and implementing the educational activities at the site. Partners include the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, Valley Conservation Council/Botetourt Community Partnership and Botetourt County Public Schools.

The trout pond restoration project was initiated to restore wildlife to an expired quarry mine. The pond supports a healthy trout population. The seclusion of the site from the active quarry, and the return of natural vegetation, also make the pond a great stopover for migratory birds. In addition to the 55-acre trout pond, the site also includes about a quarter-acre of associated wetlands. Employees are engaged by documenting wildlife observations.

Practices and Impacts

  • The Catawba Creek Water Body project has multiple on-the-ground activities to protect and revitalize a 2-mile stretch of the creek. The project team has planted riparian buffers, replanted trees, regraded the stream edge and created a cattle exclusion zone to improve water quality. The water quality is monitored by local students and has shown improvement with all the protections activities implemented. All access to the Catawba Creek project area is limited to foot traffic only.
  • Annual monitoring provides a listing of plant species that occur within the habitat, including invasive species, so that the site can control invasive spread. For instance, the team treated a section of invasive autumn olive not covered under the previously approved corrective action plan.
  • The project team monitors a closed gravel quarry that is now a trout pond.  The project team observes wildlife in the area. The wildlife is thriving—bear, trout, turtle, snake and bird species have all been documented around the 55.2-acre pond. Access to the pond is restricted to one entry-point.  
  • The project team has established a biannual event that educates local sixth graders.  The event provides in-habitat education, including hands-on water sampling, that fulfills part of the school curriculum.  Almost 200 students participate every year and the students have expressed how much they enjoy it.